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Yakyudori Yakitori & Ramen

Ramen Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Kearny Mesa, San Diego
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  • Alisa H.
    "Tastes just like Yakitori in Japan so freaking amazing!"(10 Tips)
    wasabibratwurst
    "One of the best shoyu ramen and shio ramen in San Diego."(3 Tips)
    Ti W.
    "Beef tongue is the best!"(4 Tips)
    Sam S.
    "Lunch special: free rice & barley tea before 530pm"(3 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterMarch 3, 2014
    Impeccably grilled meat on sticks, bowls of steaming ramen, plus the beer and sake make this Hillcrest transplant many a chefs' favorite late-night hangout. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Kimberly Q.
    Kimberly QJune 21, 2015
    Absolutely love!! I've been a few times but always go after 5:30 so you can try the yakitori! Get adventurous! I had chicken hearts and chicken gizzards here for the first time ever! So delicious!
  • Diann
    DiannSeptember 12, 2013
    Sign in on the list by the door if you don't have a reservation. The Nagoya ramen broth is chronic, though I could have done w/o the bamboo shoots. I wish they made pork buns!! I'd be 100% sold if so.
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LowJune 3, 2014
    Awesome yakitori, best in South SD! Try the exotic stuff like beef tongue, chicken vein, and gizzards, grilled with teriyaki sauce - trust me, you will NOT be disappointed.
  • Neha D.
    Neha DubeyJanuary 9, 2015
    It was my first time here. It is better to call first and make reservations, could be a long wait! Ramen was definitely good! Try the grilled meat(any)... All good
  • Carter G.
    Carter GibsonJanuary 17, 2013
    Impeccably grilled meat on sticks, bowls of steaming ramen, plus the beer and sake make this Hillcrest transplant many a chefs' favorite late-night hangout.
  • Britney S.
    Britney SmallAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The food is amazing, allow me to say this first. But their service is horrendous. Granted, I will continue to eat here, I just have vastly lowered expectations of service. The wait staff, favors men
  • Erin H.
    Erin HaleenOctober 16, 2014
    Ramen comes in a bowl so big you could drown in it! Also, two words: fried oysters. Put them in your face right now!
  • Fernando M.
    Fernando MelendezOctober 7, 2013
    Awesome Ramen! And the fried shumai was phenomenal. Definitely adding this place to the favourites list.
  • Solario
    SolarioAugust 3, 2015
    Perfect shoyu broth! They also have a Kirin Frozen Draft machine. Perfect for a scorching day.
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KearneyDecember 30, 2016
    Some of the best Yakitori is the U.S. Also get the Teba wings if they're available.
  • Rudy F.
    Rudy FloresMay 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the nagoya bowl with green onions, butter, egg, and BBQ pork belly! Sooooooooooooo good!
  • Jennifer
    JenniferJune 21, 2012
    This place gets really crowded, so try to make reservations ahead of time (even if it's when you're walking out the door)!
  • Aygünn
    AygünnDecember 4, 2016
    Ramens are perfect! Japanese food were yummy, small, traditional and warm place.
  • Chester H.
    Chester HJune 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're here by yourself you can choose to get 1 or 2 skewers, price is adjusted.
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LagosNovember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the chicken wings!!!! They are crunchy and have a glazed honey coating. SOO GOOD!!!
  • Nicholas H.
    Nicholas HaxoSeptember 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Buta Bara(BBQ Pork Yakitori) for appetizer and Beef Teriyaki bowl is the best!
  • David N.
    David NeubauerNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Miso Ramen and then add spicy red sauce for a really awesome Ramen.
  • Julian S.
    Julian Saint IIIApril 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the takoyaki- the bonito flake look like they're alive!! Makes for an awesome party trick.
  • Julian S.
    Julian Saint IIIMarch 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the $2 Sapporo for a mini KANPAI and copy the expressions of the posters of the walls of the super excited guys with beer!
  • Julian S.
    Julian Saint IIIMarch 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Put your stylish coat on the hangers. Clams are great, above average ramen, one of the best.
  • Andy W.
    Andy WangJuly 29, 2013
    Highly recommended! Old school yakitori with all the parts you'd want
  • Joey H.
    Joey HernandezJanuary 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    happy hour everyday! cheap beer and great ramen
  • Josh G.
    Josh GardnerJanuary 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Very traditional and delicious! 10/10!
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaDecember 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You can get free barley tea during happy hour (11am-5:30pm)
  • Anna H.
    Anna HuangDecember 4, 2011
    They welcome reservations even if it is 15 mins ahead of time! SHIO RAMEN.
  • jamie seng t.
    jamie seng tJune 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If paying the bill w/multiple cards, be sure to double check name on receipts to be signed. Had friend's card charged twice on a visit and it happened again on a different occasion but we caught it.
  • Vini E.
    Vini EkaOctober 27, 2013
    Try their beef tongue yakitori. It's beyond delicious. Melts on your....uhhh...tongue. Hehehe
  • Sam S.
    Sam SahagunAugust 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Daily combo specials for $10 from 11-3pm. Want a special from another day? Add $2!
  • Alisa H.
    Alisa HiltonOctober 16, 2010
    Try all the skewers! Tastes just like Yakitori in Japan so freaking amazing!
  • Erwin
    ErwinApril 14, 2012
    If you call ahead and reserve it beats standing for a hot minute
  • Marcus D.
    Marcus D'CampAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great lunch specials! No yakitori during lunch hours though.
  • April O.
    April OrdonezJune 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best karamiso ramen ever! If you're not super hungry, ask for the mini-bowl.
  • George H.
    George HabukiFebruary 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    get the shoyu or Nagoya ramen. if u have some soup left over they will do refills on noodles for cheap
  • Jacqueline H.
    Jacqueline HartmanJuly 2, 2013
    DELISH! Really good lunch specials for $10!
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LagosDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the chicken wings ... No really, they are amazing!!!
  • Stephanie &.
    Stephanie 'Sura' McKownJanuary 26, 2013
    Everything is good! Reminds me of being back in Japan.
  • Lord funkomatic A.
    Smoky and satisfying..... Like a conversation with your great aunt Tallulah.
  • Darren S.
    Darren SiuJanuary 24, 2011
    Good ramen, good skewers. Expensive hot-canned green tea.
  • Justin B.
    Justin BurnsNovember 1
    Veggie Ramen
  • Justin B.
    Justin BurnsOctober 31
    Veggie ramen
  • Bryan S.
    Bryan SwearingerJune 17, 2014
    Delicious. Japanese beer steins.
  • Jon T.
    Jon TingMay 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    11:30 to 3pm everyday free half rice and barley tea with meal! =)
  • wasabibratwurst
    wasabibratwurstFebruary 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best shoyu ramen and shio ramen in San Diego. Umami
  • Ti W.
    Ti WuNovember 2, 2014
    Beef tongue is the best!
  • Steve Austin P.
    Steve Austin PerezNovember 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They have the best ramen in San Diego
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Jason McLeod, chef of Craft & Commerce, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Miso ramen. Read more
  • Jim N.
    Jim NguyenApril 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Go for the ten dollar specials
  • Chris
    ChrisMay 30, 2013
    Kalye hits of Japan
  • Sam S.
    Sam SahagunJanuary 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Lunch special: free rice & barley tea before 530pm
  • joonspoon
    joonspoonDecember 20, 2013
    ramen til midnight every night
  • Dr E.
    Dr ESeptember 1, 2012
    Quail eggs with brown sauce
  • Jeff
    JeffOctober 31, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Order Takowasa as an appetizer with your beer.
  • Allen N.
    Allen NgAugust 31, 2010
    Ramen is pretty decent but small portions. Must try the Takoyaki!!
  • Brian G.
    Brian GAugust 10, 2014
    Beef. Tongue. Yakitori.
  • Todd D.
    Todd DavidsonAugust 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best ramen in San Diego
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MMay 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Stupid busy in the evening. Don't come here at night if you are expecting to eat right away.
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LagosMay 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Soft shell crab!! So amazing!!
  • Jonathan "Dante" L.
    Jonathan "Dante" LeeJuly 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Legit agedashi tofu!
  • dale w.
    dale watsonJanuary 31, 2012
    The small size ramen is indeed small. Snack size.
  • Cory M.
    Cory McGilveryApril 4, 2015
    Good late night eats
  • Steven L.
    Steven LamJanuary 18, 2011
    The Chicken Heart is really good!
  • Phill S.
    Phill SunburyJanuary 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best gyoza ever
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MNovember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They have the best egg!!! :)
  • Vannygrl
    VannygrlMarch 19, 2015
    Spicy miso
  • Richelle A.
    Richelle AnneApril 13, 2012
    Beef tongue
  • Mark S.
    Mark SherwinMarch 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Lunch happy hour is 1130 to 5pm.
  • joey f.
    joey fokSeptember 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    the skewers have landed!
  • Mark S.
    Mark SherwinMay 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    MOTM for Takoyaki Tuesdays!
  • Sam S.
    Sam SahagunJanuary 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Yakitori only served after 530pm
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CMay 2, 2010
    Add corn to your ramen!
  • Bobby M.
    Bobby MilesJuly 14, 2010
    So good everything!
  • c
    cFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    xo
  • Don L.
    Don LeynesOctober 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Yeah buddy!
  • Jeff
    JeffMarch 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Open until 3am!
  • Joanne A.
    Joanne AJuly 27, 2010
    NO SKEWERS HERE....YET. =( =( =(
  • Kaptan
    KaptanNovember 12, 2013
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